- Vancouver, B.C. announces a call-out for participation in demonstrations against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive “free trade” deal sponsored by a raft of nations. TPP members are meeting in Vancouver in July for negotiations, although it appears that a specific date for the meetings is unknown.
- A group of undocumented immigrants protested deportations yesterday , locking themselves down and blockading a road to an Illinois immigration detention prison near Chicago. The seven were arrested and released yesterday.
- Courtroom solidarity is being requested for those arrested and facing serious charges stemming from May Day demonstrations in Seattle earlier this month. Court dates are tomorrow and on May 20.
- Seattle teachers have won their fight against the standardized MAP test, which sparked nationwide protests against standardized testing in January.
- In San Francisco, an anti-gentrification block party held in the Mission district was shut down on May 5; here’s a reportback.
- Environmental journalist Will Potter has a new piece for Vice about the proposed criminalization of tree-sits by the Oregon legislature, adding this act of non-violent civil disobedience to the ponderous, freighted definition of “terrorism.”
- You kind of knew they would, right, but Wal-Mart is opting not to take part in a safety campaign called for to protect Bangladeshi garment workers that make clothes for the global retail chain. In April, a garment factory near Dhaka collapsed, killing 1,100 people.
- HSBC, one of the largest banks in Europe, announced it will cut 14,000 jobs.